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Drums of Autumn

Outlander, Book 4
Written by: Diana Gabaldon
Narrated by: Davina Porter
Series: Outlander, Book 4
Length: 44 hrs and 50 mins
Categories: Romance, Fantasy
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Publisher's Summary

Diana Gabaldon's fans will be delighted to find Jamie and Claire as spirited and endearing as ever in this fourth installment of this magnificent saga. Romance, history, and time travel blend once again as the couple builds a new life together in the wilderness of pre-Revolutionary America.

Twice Claire has used an ancient stone circle to travel back to the 18th century. The first time she found love with a Scottish warrior but had to return to the 1940s to save their unborn child. The second time, 20 years later, she reunited with her lost love but had to leave behind the daughter that he would never see. Now Brianna, from her 1960s vantage point, has found a disturbing obituary and will risk everything in an attempt to change history.

Davina Porter's narrative talent adds a special vibrance and resonance to Gabaldon's complex, colorful characters.

©1997 Diana Gabaldon (P)1999 Recorded Books

What the critics say

"Gabaldon's range is impressive, whether she's evoking the rawness of colonial America, the cozy clutter of a modern Scottish parsonage, the lusts of the body or the yearnings of the spirit. Her legion of fans will love diving into this ocean of romance." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Davina Porter is delightful!

Loved it! This is my first audible book, but I can already tell it is going to be difficult to listen to anyone other than Davina narrate. I have loved the Outlander series for years now and find it easier to understand and imagine when it is being read aloud. Davina adds so much depth and character to the story that makes listening a delightful experience. I have already downloaded the next book in the series and am looking forward to spending many more hours with Davina and the fascinating story of Jaime and Claire!

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Incredible

I’m re-listening the book series for the second time and I couldn’t think of a better narrator than Davina! And of course always captivating story by Diana! Absolutely LOVE these books!

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  • KT
  • 2019-08-02

lovely listen.

Davina Porter does it justice. A great listen. Even for a novel that equates 44 hours, the time flies by.

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amazing as always

I love the narrator's voice and the accents too. it really makes the magic of the book come alive.

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Never tire of these stories - Wonderful.

Diana Gabaldon is a great story teller. I have read these books for years. She has that wonderful ability to put you right in the middle of the action.
Davina Porter has impressed me with her narration for both different mens and womens voices and accents as well as children and languages. She has now added singing to her repertoire for this book.
Both of these ladies skills compliment each other and make these stories a pleasure. Looking forward to the next book.

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captivated!

The entire Outlander series is so well written. Davina Porter does an amazing job narrating. I highly recommend this audiobook, tv series or book series to any friends looking. I could simply gush over every aspect!

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Hi, I'm a Diana Gabaldon addict!

Listen to these stories constantly. I have read my hard-copies multiple times, and LOVE Davina Porter's voice acting. It has really added to the story. I was nervous with "Outlander" being that I don't normally like female narrators, but if Ms. Porter hasn't won a prize for her voice work, she needs one!

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Less compelling but still loved it

I love this series and wonder how I will fall asleep at night without Diana and Davina’s characters sending me off to dreamland when I run out of books. This particular book wasn’t as strong a storyline to me overall though much of it was still exciting, informative and of course romantic. I am fascinated by Diana’s ability to describe just about everything but it might have been a little more than necessary in this book - but once you’re in you are ALL in on this series! I’m going to find the next one now! Bravo Davina for your amazing voice characterizations!

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Amazing!

I love this series and the narration is amazing!! Never get tired of listening to the story!!

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Loved it!

What a an amazing story. It’s full of adventure. The narrator did a fabulous job bringing this book to life. Highly recommended.

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  • Eugenia
  • 2010-02-15

I Can't Get Enough!

I have only huge enthusiastic praise for this enthralling, mesmerizing series.
I am completely wrapped up in the characters and they are so vivid, so beautifully drawn that I feel I am in their world along with them.
I also cannot heap enough praise upon Davina Porter, the narrator of this extraordinary series.
She is magnificent---her voices make every character come alive and her accents are impeccable, as well as her tone whether the character be male or female.
I have to drag myself away from listening and I am continually finding things to do just so I can continue listening.
This is the 4th book in the series and I keep wanting to slow down because I don't want it to end.
I have got to write Diana Gabaldon and lavish her with overwhelming praise as I genuflect before her!
I don't want to give away any plot and spoil anything for those who haven't yet read this series. But the twists and turns; the wonderful way that Ms. Gabaldon weaves the characters in and out of the saga; the horrific events and the charming moments as well as the absolutely gorgeous, romantic sex will keep you enthralled.
Okay. Can you tell that I like this book?

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  • LynnInColorado
  • 2008-12-24

Re: Last 2 books in the Series

Having listened to all the UNabridged books in this series, I suggest you do not use credits for the last 2 ABRIDGED books. In order to listen to "Fiery Cross", I checked the 47(!) CD edition out from my local library. I ripped them all to my MP3 player, but they could also be listened to on your computer or CD player.

Davina Porter is the reader on the UNabridged versions, not the abridged. I can't imagine listening to anyone else. I am about to check out the last in the series and will be so sad when the tale is over.

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  • Kimberly
  • 2008-08-17

Okay

As with all of the Outlander series I am in wonder and how anyone from the 20th century would choose to live in those primitive times but that is what the series is about for the most part; Claire and Jamie's love for each other and the choices she makes to have that forever.

This was not my favorite book though it kept me interested enough to listen to all six parts in rapid succession. If you do not have a lot of time I would not recommend it. If you are taking on very long commutes or doing a big job in your house; go for it. It will keep you interested and entertained.

Don't get me wrong - if the rest of the series is finally published in unabridged format I'll be there with my Gold Dollar Credit. I will not get the abridged version.

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  • Sharon
  • 2008-03-30

Enjoyable!

I love Davina Porter's narration of this series! I bought this audio book the day it was available and listen all day while doing housework. When will the rest of the series be available in unabridged versions!!????!!!

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  • Frances M
  • 2008-04-08

You listened, Audible!

Thank you so much for obtaining the unabridged version of Drums of Autumn. I was soooo immersed in the lives of Claire and Jamie but the abridged version, which I purchased, was like replacing fine wine with Kool Aid! I immediately asked when you might have the unabridged version and you listened to me. Here it is!

In addition, Davina Porter has become the voice of Claire for me, so it's incredible to have her back in this version.

Again, thanks again...this is like opening a surprise gift!

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  • Gail
  • 2009-01-30

The Drums of Autumn

Fantastic book, number 4 in the series. I love Devina Porter as the narrator. I wish the next two books had been unabridged! I will read the books rather than to listen to the abridged version. And I do not like the other narrator that I listened to on the samples. The first 4 books have been the best I have read (heard) in a long time. I recommend them to all, expecially the adult ladies. Rather sexually explicit for young girls. I feel like Jamie and Clair are part of my family. I shall miss them, now that I have finished these four books. PLEASE, PLEASE bring to us the UNABRIDGED version of The Fiery Cross, and A Breath of Snow and Ashes!!!!

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  • Sarabalcombe
  • 2008-03-31

YAY!!!!!

OMG i was so excited when i saw that DofA was FINALLY available in unabridged format online i swear i nearly threw up! This series is honestly the best thing that i have read.. ever... i downloaded outlander last summer and since then have read every one of the books in this series at least twice and have listened to the first three books in audio format about 3 or 4 times each! I cannot wait for #5 & 6 to be available in unabridged formats. For those thinking abridged formats are just as good... well.. give your head a shake because cutting out over 80% of the book is ridiculous... If you dont believe me go to gabaldons website and look at the sample experts she provides to show a comparison between abridged and unabridged versions.. you'll be shocked... THis book is an absolute must but make sure you start from the beginning... You'll love ALL of them! Trust me.. after you listen to these books.. 45 hours will seem like nothing... and you'll never be able to listen to another janet evanovich book again. ENJOY!

Ps the narrator is awesome. she reads it beautiful and maintains consistency VERY well... Cheers!

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  • Lena
  • 2017-05-23

Very slow start

As always, the performance was amazing, the story however was very lacking. Absolutely nothing important occurs between 5-20ish hours of the book. It was a struggle to continue and I wanted to stop the series, however the story finally picks up in the last 20 hours and I couldn't stop listening.

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  • David
  • 2008-08-11

a bit too long

I like the series, but this is the first time i have listened to a book in a long time that i truly wished it was abridged. The book is littered with so may gratiutous sex scenes that it makes you wonder who the author is trying to write to. In sum, not as good as the previous books, but still worthwhile if you have lots of time to kill.

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  • Wendy
  • 2008-04-13

A Welcome Addition

This was a satisfying installment in the saga of Jamie and Claire I hope Audible will add Gabaldon's Fiery Cross and Breath of Snow and Ashes in the unabridged versions SOON. Narrator Davina Porter does such an extraordinary job with both male and female voices that good books are rendered great with her performances. Audible notes in her profile that she won a 2006 recording award for A Breath of Snow and Ashes, but it is not yet available here.

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